Transfer Credit

We know how important it is for you to get credit for classes you've taken and continue your academic journey at USF.

Any university level (for example, UC or CSU transferable) course from a regionally accredited college or university earned with a C- or higher will transfer to USF. Remedial or vocational courses are not transferable. In addition, graduate coursework or non-university-level courses will not transfer to USF.

There is no limit to the total number of credits that can be transferred in; however, all students must complete 44 semester units at USF to complete the minimum residency requirement.

Once you’re admitted, you’ll submit your transcripts and go through our official degree evaluation process and consult with a faculty adviser to know exactly how many credits you’ll need to earn at USF to complete your degree.

Understanding Your Transfer Credit

Use our Transfer Credit Evaluator to see which courses you can transfer, and how they will apply to different degree programs at USF. This evaluation is unofficial but it will help you gauge your time on campus and plan ahead.*

* USF equivalencies are not available for courses from international institutions within the Transfer Credit Evaluator. If you've taken courses at international institutions that you wish to transfer to USF, contact an international admission counselor at

Recommended Coursework: The USF Core Curriculum

Unless you are a nursing major, specific coursework is not required to transfer to the University of San Francisco. However, if you are planning on transferring to USF in the future, we recommend that you take classes that will meet our core curriculum requirements.

California Two-Year Colleges

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
The IGETC is not required for admission to the University of San Francisco. However, if you have completed the IGETC, USF will waive all of our Core Curriculum requirements except for:

  • Area A1: Public Speaking
  • Area A2: Rhetoric and Composition (must be completed at USF)
  • Area D1: Philosophy
  • Area D2: Theology
  • Area D3: Ethics
  • Community-Engaged Learning (must be completed at USF)
  • Foreign Language (if applicable)

Articulation Acknowledgements

The University of San Francisco has articulation acknowledgments for over 60 California two-year colleges. These agreements provide a list of specific courses at each college that will meet USF’s Core Curriculum graduation requirements. These acknowledgments are a menu of course options for planning purposes, but you don’t need to fulfill each area to be eligible for transfer to USF.

Allan Hancock College Los Angeles Pierce College
American River College Los Angeles Southwest College
Bakersfield College Los Angeles Trade-Tech College
Berkeley City College Los Angeles Valley College
Cabrillo College Los Medanos College
Canada College Marymount College
Chabot College Mendocino College
City College of San Francisco Merced College
Coastline College Merritt College
College of Alameda Mission College
College of Marin Modesto Junior College
College of San Mateo Monterey Peninsula College
Contra Costa College Moorpark College
Cosumnes River College Mt. San Antonio College
Cuesta College Napa Valley College
De Anza College Ohlone College
Diablo Valley College Orange Coast College
East Los Angeles College Pasadena City College
El Camino College  Riverside City College
Evergreen Valley College Sacramento City College
Feather River College Saddleback College
Folsom Lake College San Diego City College
Foothill College San Diego Mesa College
Fresno City College San Diego Miramar College
Fullerton College San Joaquin Delta College
Gavilan College San Jose City College
Glendale Community College Santa Barbara City College
Golden West College Santa Monica College
Grossmont College Santa Rosa Junior College
Hartnell College Santiago Canyon College
Heald College Shasta College
Irvine Valley College Sierra College
Landmark College Skyline College
Laney College Solano Community College
Las Positas College Ventura College
Los Angeles City College West Los Angeles College
Los Angeles Harbor College West Valley College
Los Angeles Mission College Yuba College


You can earn college credit for qualifying scores on the Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. Lean more about AP/IB/College credit.

In order to receive credit from examinations, you need to have official scores sent to USF from the testing agency directly.

By Email or Electronic Delivery:

By Mail:
Office of Admission
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117